Bristol to unveil new traffic box art

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:26


BRISTOL - The City Arts and Culture Commission will unveil some new traffic box art in downtown Bristol, highlighting memories and historical imagery of the city, on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The first stop will be at noon, at the corner of Center and North Main streets.

The art, dubbed the “Dear Bristol” Project, features postcards written by longtime city residents “highlighting their dear memories of living, working, and playing in Bristol,” according to a statement from the commission.

To accompany each postcard, the commission selected photographs that spotlight scenes from Bristol’s history.

At the unveiling, the writers will sign the traffic box featuring their postcard, completing the project. The writers include Al Caruso, Bob Barnett, Carol Denehy, Tom Laporte, Sheila Draper Orefice and Ellie Wilson.

“The City Arts and Culture Commission put together a unique project celebrating Bristol’s history with postcards and pictures along with personal messages from lifetime/longtime residents of Bristol,” said Greg Hahn, City Council member and commission liaison.

“I hope that people come out to see the dedication of each of these boxes and talk to those who worked to put everything together,” he said. “Thank you to the commission and especially to Kim Villanti for her hard work on the design for this project.”

“I am thrilled to unveil this project,” said Lindsay Vigue, commission chair. “Honoring people by giving them a platform to tell their stories and share their memories is so important.”

Vigue said she also hopes this new art installation will put Bristol’s roots on display as the city begins a new chapter in downtown.

Formed in 2018, the commission’s goal is to stimulate public awareness of the arts and culture of Bristol and develop ways to improve the experience of living, working, playing and visiting the city.

For more information, contact Vigue at 860-919-8009.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:26. Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:29.